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Taliban Favor ‘Safe Atmosphere’ for Peace Deal: Shaheen

US-Taliban Talks Advance, Afghan Govt Insists on Ceasefire

KABUL – Taliban’s spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told Arab News in a phone conversation on Tuesday that Taliban representatives are holding talks with US negotiators in Qatar to create a “safe atmosphere” for the signing of a peace agreement. “There had been no discussion on cease-fire since the beginning, but the …

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Peace is Not One Person’s Monopoly: Abdullah

Peace is Not One Person’s Monopoly, Abdullah

KABUL – Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday that peace is not one person’s monopoly, but is a collective effort. Speaking to the council of ministers, Abdullah said that Afghanistan’s stance is clear in supporting the peace process. “Peace is not one person’s monopoly, one person’s wish – but …

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Pompeo Meets Pakistani FM, Discusses Afghanistan

Pompeo Meets Pakistani FM, Discusses Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Washington on Friday, and discussed Afghanistan and bilateral ties, according to a statement released by the US Department of State. Pompeo and Qureshi talked about a range of issues, including Iran, US-Pakistan cooperation …

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Extortions on Highways Frustrate Afghan Drivers

Extortions on Highways Frustrate Afghan Drivers

KABUL – Drivers on some of Afghanistan’s major highways on Friday raised deep concerns over what they described as ‘rising extortion’ by Taliban as well as government forces along the roadways, and they demanded that the Afghan government take action and secure transportation. As the Taliban are expanding their domain …

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Govt Rejects Taliban Offer of Reduction in Violence

Govt Rejects Taliban Offer of Reduction in Violence

KABUL – The Afghan government has rejected the Taliban’s offer of a seven-day reduction of violence in the war-torn country on the condition that a peace deal with the US was signed, saying it was ‘unacceptable’ and insisted that the insurgent group must agree to a ceasefire before engaging in …

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US, Taliban Discuss Signing of Peace Deal: Shaheen

US, Taliban Discuss Signing of Peace Deal, Shaheen

DOHA – Negotiators from the United States and the Taliban have resumed talks in Doha and are discussing “the signing of the peace deal and a ceremony for it” over the past two days, a Taliban spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, said in a tweet early on Friday. Shaheen said that the …

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US Wants Taliban to Cut Ties with Iran: Hekmatyar

US Wants Taliban to Cut Ties with Iran, Hekmatyar

KABUL – The US has asked the Taliban to cut its ties with Iran and to agree to the presence of some US forces in Afghanistan after a potential peace agreement between the two sides, said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the reconciled leader of Hizb-e-Islami, on Tuesday, ToloNews reported. According to the …

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US-Iran Tensions Will Not Affect Talks: Taliban

US-Iran Tensions Will Not Affect Talks: Taliban

KABUL – The Taliban said Thursday that escalating military tensions between the United States and Iran are unlikely to hurt the group’s talks with Washington aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. The first official reaction from the Taliban comes a day after Tehran fired more than a dozen ballistic …

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US, Taliban Talks May Resume in Two Days

US, Taliban Talks May Resume in Two Days

KABUL – Talks between the United States and the Taliban will resume in two days, 1TV report said on Thursday. According to the report, the sides took pause from their renewed talks last month, which focused on ceasefire. The pause came following a suicide attack on a US base outside …

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Taliban Take Over Darzab District of Jawzjan

Taliban Take Over Darzab District of Jawzjan

SHIBERGHAN – Taliban have taken over Darzab district of northern Jawzjan province as the ANSDF have drawn back from the area bearing no casualties, official said. According to Maroof Azar, a spokesperson for the Jawzjan province, Afghanistan National Security Defense Force (ANDSF) based at ‘Antan Hill’ in Darzab district of …

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